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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Nov 30, 2010 4:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: More country

OK, I'm trying to fit in. I've listened to MAMU and BR, and gone to pee. Now I have another question.

I know about the reputations of country pickers. God knows, I've listened to enough. My question is, I know how good they are, but did they jam? Could these guys have stepped onto the GD freight train in BR or Mexicali and survived? Hell, I don't even know if Blue Grass pickers improvise. Any experts out there?

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Poster: jds121291 Date: Dec 1, 2010 5:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More country

old and in the way is pretty jammin' shit in my opinion

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Poster: jds121291 Date: Dec 1, 2010 5:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More country

old and in the way is pretty jammin' shit in my opinion

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Poster: user unknown Date: Nov 30, 2010 5:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More country

Do bluegrass pickers jam?

you might ask David Grisman and Tony Rice, or maybe just listen to The Pizza Tapes.

Seriously though, Tony is considered to be one of the finest bluegrass pickers alive today. Not that he limits himself to bluegrass, but that is where he mainly gets pigeonholed.

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Poster: advokat Date: Nov 30, 2010 7:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More country

You could ask Peter Rowan on Saturday at the Fillmore:

http://rexfoundation.org/2010/11/29/the-wheel-a-musical-celebration-of-jerry-garcia/

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Nov 30, 2010 8:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More country

I'm thinking Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison and his band would give the GD a run for their money any day of the week.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Nov 30, 2010 8:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More country

Can't claim expertise, but someone here turned me on to Umphrey's McGee... they sure can pick, lightning fast, and they certainly jam. Honorable mention to String Cheese Incident.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Nov 30, 2010 9:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More country

Check out the original Seldom Scene doing their hot extended version of Rider on "Live From The Cellar Door".

I second those that mentioned Grisman, Rowan and especially Tony Rice. And want to add David Bromberg, John Cowan, Bela Fleck, Peter Ostroushko, Diz Disley, to name just a few of the more adventurous and articulate - the pool is far larger than you might imagine. One might also include the late Steve Goodman and Vassar Clements, both were more than capable of pulling off extended and improvisational jamming with a wildly diverse cast of players - seemingly effortlessly.

I recently had dug out and been listening to some old favorites - Goose Creek Symphony from Tennessee, and Heartsfield from northern Illinois. Both of those bands were known for their extended jamming on several of their tunes, and both still play out occasionally.

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